Legislative Update in Pennsylvania

July 2012Articles In the Zone

House Bill No. 1718 proposes to amend the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) by, among other things, increasing the number of days that an applicant can dispute the amount of review fees from 45 to 100 days, clarifying the amount of the posted financial security that a municipality can retain and adding language that a municipality can only require financial security for a term not to exceed 18 months from the date of acceptance of dedication for dedicated improvements. The proposed amendment also revises the provisions regarding a potential arbitration involving a disputed fee.

Meanwhile, House Bill No. 1719 proposes to amend the Municipal Authorities Act by making similar revisions regarding review fees as in the MPC. For example, a property owner will have 60 days from the date of billing to dispute a bill instead of the previous 20 working days under the Municipal Authorities Act.